EmergentC21 Fora
A C21 series

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Occasionally, the usual pace of academic research proves insufficient, and events overtake us. The fora that make up EmergentC21 react to world, national, and local events as they happen. Each forum becomes a site of communication, bringing together Milwaukee community, field experts, and UWM researchers in a mutual exchange of information, questions, and practices.

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Friday, March 31, 2017

The Visa Promise

3:30 pm Curtin 175

Live video stream

The Visa Promise reacts to president Trump’s executive order on immigration that bars nationals of six Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States regardless of their visa status.

Organized as a panel discussion, The Visa Promise brings together the Milwaukee community, field experts, and UWM researchers for a conversation on the new immigration order and its impact on human lives. It will cover the promises made to the people who are living here and to those who might live here in the future, as well as addressing the general perceptions of the United States abroad.

Some questions to be addressed include: Is a visa a legal document? What is the legal and social understanding of a U.S. visa? What are the rights of visa holders? How has the executive order affected visa applications? How does this executive order affect international students studying in American universities? What is its overall impact on higher education?


Rachel Buff (UWM History)
Anna Mansson McGinty (UWM Geography and Women’s and Gender Studies)
Dav Odrcic (Odrcic Law Group, LLC)
Kristin Sziarto (UWM Geography)

Arijit Sen (UWM Architecture and Urban Planning)

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Friday, October 28, 2016

Saying NO to Military Power in a University

3:30 pm Curtin 175

Jacqueline Stevens will draw on information and experiences at Northwestern University and elsewhere to document how military corporations, finance firms, banks, and other corporations are shaping our universities, as well as the impact of these networks on U.S. states and cities.

She will also describe the secret role U.S. universities play in the instigation of ongoing wars and civil wars—through arrangements called “defense trade offsets”—and the importance of using scholarly intelligence to expose and challenge this.

Background Reading: Jacqueline Stevens, States without Nations: Citizenship for Mortals (Columbia University Press); and "Forensic Intelligence and the Deportation Research Clinic: Toward a New Paradigm," Perspective on Politics 13, no. 3 (September 2015): 722-38 (PDF).

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Friday, April 1, 2016

Becoming and Being a Refugee

3:30 pm Curtin 175

On being a refugee in the Milwaukee area.

Community Panelists

Mette Brogden

State Refugee Coordinator, Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (PhD, Anthropology)

Anwar Sallumi

Refugee Services, Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

Barb Graham

Program Director, Catholic Charities Legal Services for Immigrants

Patrick Thein

Case Manager, Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Services

Tammie Xiong

Executive Director, Hmong American Women’s Association

UWM Respondents

Omar Mohamed

UWM Student, Social Work, Lutheran Social Services

Kalyani Rai

Professor, Educational Policy and Community Studies, UWM


Chia Vang
Professor, History, UWM

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Friday, January 30, 2015

#BlackLivesMatterUWMKE: What Should We Do?

A community-university discussion

A forum to identify challenges and opportunities for UWM to join in ongoing racial justice movements in Milwaukee.

Community Panelists: Jeremy Triblett, Angela Walker, Khalil Coleman, Jayme Montgomery Baker

UWM Respondents: Anne Bonds (Geography), Rob Smith (Cultures & Communities)

Moderator: Monique I. Liston (UWM Research Center for Urban Education Leadership Development [RCUELD])

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

What's the Matter with MOOCs?

A Critical Conversation

MOOCs (or Massively Open Online Courses) are large-scale online learning communities that charge no fee for classes, often have some form of assessment and certification, but do not offer college credit. The aim of this conversation is to raise questions and concerns that may have been ignored or swept aside in the current rush to MOOCs, both nationally and locally.

"What's the Matter with MOOCs?" is not framed as a debate of the pros and cons of MOOCs, both because the media rhetoric and public discourse on MOOCs has been largely one-sided in its enthusiasm and because, at least in the short run, MOOCs appear here to stay. What we are hoping to do is to raise some questions that need to be addressed before UWM and higher education more generally proceeds to invest their dwindling resources in these online platforms.

Featuring: Gerry Canavan (Assistant Professor of English, Marquette University), Richard Grusin (Director, Center for 21st Century Studies), Greg Jay (Senior Director, Cultures and Communities Program, UWM), Wilhelm Peekhaus (Assistant Professor, SOIS), Kristi Prins (English 101 coordinator/Ph.d. candidate, English department)

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Friday, April 13, 2012

Pre-Occupy Symposium

This symposium addresses how earlier occupations and protests in California (particularly surrounding Oscar Grant and the University of California) and in Wisconsin (especially the occupation of the state capitol) set the stage for the current occupations across the globe. Such pre-occupations, we would contend, acted as forms of pre-acceleration or incipient movement without which Occupy Wall Street may never have happened.

With George Ciccariello-Maher (History, Politics, Drexel), Joshua Clover (English, UC-Davis), and Dan S. Wang (Fine Art, Columbia College).

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Friday, February 4, 2011

Minding the Gaps: WikiLeaks and Internet Security in the 21st Century

A symposium

The symposium's title comes from the ubiquitous pre-recorded security voice on the London Tube, reminding passengers to “mind the gap” between train cars and platforms. Unlike the physical gaps of 20th century transportation technologies like the Underground, the information gaps of 21st century communication technologies like the Internet pose security issues of a very different kind, as epitomized by the ongoing conflict between WikiLeaks and (especially) the U.S. government. This panel will address the questions of WikiLeaks and Internet security from three different perspectives—political, legal, and medial—in order to come to terms with the ways in which WikiLeaks crystallizes some of the major security questions of the 21st century.

Laura DeNardis (Yale): "WikiLeaks and the Politics of Denial of Service Attacks"
Sandra Braman (UWM): "The WikiLeaks Moment: Transformations in Law-State-Society Relations"
Richard Grusin (UWM): "WikiLeaks and Mediality"

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